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Couple Sentenced for Medicaid/Unemployment Theft

Updated 6 years ago

An alcohol and drug counselor in the midcoast region and his wife have been sentenced to prison time for stealing from state Medicaid and unemployment programs.Maine’s Attorney General says David McFarland bilked the state by submitting false claims to MaineCare. His wife, Mary McFarland, illegally collected jobless benefits after shepurportedly resigned from her husband’s counseling agency butcontinued to work for the agency from the couple’s home.The couple pleaded guilty to the charges in Knox County Superior Court.David McFarland was sentenced to nine months in jail and 300 hours of community service. Mary McFarland received a suspended three-year sentence, three years of probation and 400 hours of community service.

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Woman Indicted in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

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An 18-year-old from Brownfield is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with a hit and run crash.The Oxford County grand jury also indicted Tiffany Hamlyn on charges of aggravated operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.The crash happened on March 26-th in Fryeburg.The victim, Tiffany Hamilton, was struck outside her house and died the next day.

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Grand Opening of Newport Cultural Center

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The town of Newport now has its own Cultural Center.The community got its first look inside the place Saturday during the grand opening celebration.The Center was created by merging together the public library, historical society and museum.Residents can now take advantage of features like the genealogical research room, a children’s arts and crafts room and a community space for classes, meetings and workshops.< "we have a lot of elderly who are shut-ins and they can use this for a social outlet. There are also students who can take field trips here to learn local history...and homeschoolers can come and access the info we have here." >Scott says she’s proud of the grassroots effort by the community to build the center.It took eight years of fundraising and grant writing to make it a reality.

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Hike for the Homeless

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Folks in Brewer came together Saturday to do their part to help those without a place to sleep at night.Hundreds of walkers showed up for the Hike for the Homeless, which stepped off from the Cianchette Building.Hikers collected pledges…and all the money will support the homeless in greater Bangor…specifically at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.Staffers there provide shelter, hot meals and crisis intervention.State and federal funds only provide about a quarter of the Shelter’s annual budget of 500-thousand dollars.Donations are what keep it afloat.< "it's huge. It's extremely important to the shelter in terms of what they need for operation. Our goal this year was $50,000 so between the hike and the raffle, I think we might make it.">The Brewer walkers met up with walk teams from Bangor, Hampden and Veazie along the waterfront at the end of the hike.

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43rd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race a Success

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Thousands of folks lined the banks of the Kenduskeag Stream Saturday to check out the biggest canoe race in New England.The 43-rd annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race kicked off at 8 a.m.510 boats started the race in Kenduskeag Village.5 craft were released every minute until about 9:30.From there, they moved on to the trickier spots, like 6-Mile Falls and the Maxfield Bridge on Valley Ave. in Bangor.Rescue crews were on standby throughout the route to help out those who fell into the water.The water was only a chilly 40 degrees or so.The 16.5 mile race ended up in downtown Bangor.Parks and Rec director Tracy Willette says overall, the race went well.< "some low water today! I think our paddlers found it a little bumpy in different places. It certainly wasn't too low, but I think it was lower than what some folks may have expected. It was a pretty good course all the way around. We've seen some good times today and good results.">951 paddlers took part in this year’s race.

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Track Fire

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A train track fire ripped through several towns Friday.A train started the fire on Snake Route Rd., then it spread through Pittsfield, Clinton, Burnham and Detroit.Fire fighters say dry weather contributed to the fire and estimate ten to twelve fire crews were on scene fighting the blaze.There were also two helicopters and ATV’s there helping to put out the fire.Despite the size of the fire, fire fighters say there was minimal damage.

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Mill Fire

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Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the Gardner Chip Mill off route 116 in Chester Friday.When crews arrived on the scene, black smoke could be seen pouring out from multiple sides of the building and flames were visible in several areas.According to Deputy Fire Chief Hervey Clay, the high winds complicated their efforts.Fire crews from Mattawamkeag, Lee, Howland, Passadumkeag, Burlington, East Millinocket and Medway were called in to help Lincoln crews put out the fire.The cause has not yet determined, but authorities say it isn’t uncommon for the machinery in the areas that caught fire to throw sparks.

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Opening Night at Pittsfield Community Theater

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There weren’t any celebrities or a red carpet, but it was still a highly anticipated opening night.The Pittsfield Community Theater opened for business Friday night, after being closed for four months.”It’s a great feeling to have everyone want it back up and running.” Donna Dunphy is the Manager of the Pittsfield Community Theater, and the question she’s answered most often lately is, ‘When is the theater opening?’ Now she can tell them Friday night.Four months ago, the roof was found to be unsafe. Wooden trusses had been cut and leaking water caused even more damage. The theater was closed so the roof could be reinforced. Now that work is done.”To have it back up and running, it’s gonna be great for the community and surrounding towns so they don’t have to go so far and spend a lot of money.”General admission is just $3.00, $2.00 for Seniors, and if you see a show on Monday, it’s just a buck.That fits right into the budget of a lot of folks, not to mention it’s convenient.”This is like the only place to hang out in Pittsfield” says Jessica Huff, who is glad to have the theater back open. So is Justine Dunphy, “It’s a lot better to have it here close in town so you can come here during the week or something.”This is a building that dates back to 1915, a centerpiece of the community since then. But what the kids of today understand, is they’re glad to have it back.”6:00 All my friends said they’re coming just cause it’s the opening, they don’t care what movie’s playing.”The first movie showing is “Hotel for Dogs” rated PG.

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Health Reform – Hundreds Turn Out in Augusta to Turn Talk into Action

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Nearly 300 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals turned out in Augusta Friday to talk about health reform. Some of the tone revolved around how much talk there is about change, but no action. Quality Counts 6 (QC6) is the latest in a series of conferences to promote the transformational changes needed to create dramatic and sustainable improvements in health and healthcare in Maine. The conference provided an opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders to consider a bold set of statewide quality goals and examine them in the context of our complex healthcare system. Two priorities Dr. Janet Corrigan who is a national leader in improving health care quality says reorganizing the system starting with strengthening hospital and primary care provider relationships should be a priority. Quality Counts 6 is made possible by the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Maine Aligning Forces for Quality initiative.

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” The Way We Get By” Showing

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“The Way We Get By” documentary about Bangor Troop Greeters is playing in Waterville Saturday afternoon.The film made it’s debut at the Collins Center for the Arts last week.The screening takes place at the Railroad Square cinema at 3 p.m. as part of the Lumina 3 day festival of film, food and live music that promotes the exchange of culture and ideas.After that, the award winning documentary makes it’s way to Narrow Gauge Cinema in Farmington on Monday the 20th for 4 days.Director Aron Gaudet will be on hand at the Farmington screening for Q&A following the showing.The movie will open nightly at 7 p.m in Farmington. And don’t forget the showing in Waterville tomorrow at 3 p.m.For more information or to get tickets you can log on to thewaywegetbymovie.com

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43rd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Set for Saturday

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Thrills and spills are on tap for tomorrow, as hundreds of participants take to the water for the annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.TV 5’s Amy Erickson gives us a preview.< "it's finally springtime. The kenduskeag certainly marks that turn of the corner, whether it's official on the calendar or not, that spring is finally here."About 800 participants from around Maine and the country are ready to usher in spring with a splash Saturday at the 43rd annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.As director of Bangor's Parks and Recreation department, Tracy Willette overseas the event.He says things are looking good. "the water is not as high as it's been over the years...but now as low either. So I think the course is going to be good for beginners as well as our expert paddlers."Those who are brave enough will travel a 16.5 mile course from Kenduskeag Village to downtown Bangor...Rescue crews will be stationed and ready at the trickier spots along the way. "we station personnel at historically dangerous spots. Like 6 mile falls...they always fall out of boats there."They'll also be standing by on the Maxfield Bridge on Valley Ave in Bangor.Thousands of spectators are expected to line the banks of the stream for a look at the action...Experts have a word of advice for those bringing little ones to take part in the excitement."make sure you keep them off the banks. We've had a lot of water and the banks can get undercut...so if they get to close to the stream, they could fall in."The race is famous for its thrills...and spills...especially at 6 Mile Falls...but safety personnel are ready to react in seconds if someone gets into trouble. "we'll throw the throw bags first. If we have to go in, we'll go in after them. We're equipped to go in and get them pulled back to shore."Willette says all paddlers..beginners or experts...should come prepared with lots of warm gear...in case you end up going for an unexpected swim. "whenever the temperatures are warm, there's a misconception that the water is equally as warm and that's not so. It's still probably only 35 to 40 degrees."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>The race starts Saturday morning in Kenduskeag Village.Canoes and kayaks will be launched five at a time every minute starting at 8 a.m.There are still spots for folks who’d like to take part.Race day registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the starting line.

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Training Burn set for Sunday in Bangor

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Folks in Bangor can expect to see a house on fire on Main Street Sunday, but there’s no need to be alarmed.Bangor firefighters will be burning down a vacant two-story apartment building as part of a training exercise.The structure, as well as a building next to it which use to house The Henrys’ bridal shop, need to be removed from the site so construction can start on the new Tim Horton’s restaurant.Fire crews will use the burn as a way to practice their skills.< "they'll learn how a fire progresses. Hopefully, if conditions are right, we'll be able to watch the progression of the fire before we put it out and give them the experience of seeing how fire can grow and how ventilation will affect the fire.">Fire Department officials chose to do the burn on a Sunday so Main Street traffic would be fairly light.They expect the burn to start at about 9 a.m. and it could last several hours.While it’s burning, one side of Main Street will be closed to traffic.

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“Mardens Lady” to Perform at Old Town Fundraiser

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The Old Town Knights of Columbus have lined up a familiar face for a fundraiser next week.The “Mardens Lady,” Birdie Googins, will host an evening of comedy at the K of C hall on Gilman Falls Ave. next Friday evening.Tickets are $10 each, and proceeds will go towards several Knights of Columbus programs, including helping families in need, and giving scholarships to college-bound students.< "I think everyone should come out to this fundraiser because the knights of columbus do a lot of good for the community. And if you all come, you get to see me! And tickets are cheap and they can send everyone on to college! Well, not everyone, but some of 'em!">The fundraiser is next Friday, April 24th, at 7 p.m.Tickets are available at Birmingham’s store in Old Town.You can also get tickets by calling the Knights of Columbis at 827-7371.Tickets will also be available at the door.

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CT Man Critical After Fall at Acadia

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A man from Connecticut is in critical condition after a fall at Acadia National Park.55-year-old Jeffrey Dugan was hiking on a path between Otter Cliffs and Otter Point on Wednesday when he fell fifteen feet onto the rocks below.It took crews close to an hour to rescue Dugan after the fall.He was flown by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with multiple injuries.The accident happened on opening day at the park.

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More Benefits for Laid Off Workers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci’s office saysfast-track legislation signed by the governor could benefit 10,000laid-off workers by the end of the year. Maine unemployment law changes enacted Thursday offer additionalweeks of benefits to workers who are still unemployed and have runout of other unemployment assistance. Officials say extended aid may be paid on top of up to 59 weeksof benefits already provided. Currently, 26 weeks come through regular unemployment benefitsand 33 weeks are available in emergency unemployment compensationbenefits. The new extended benefits provide up to 13 additionalweeks. The governor said Maine can now access additional federal fundsmade available through the Recovery Act.

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Music Teacher Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl

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A long-time music teacher for schools in Searsport, Frankfort and Stockton Springs is free on bail.Authorities say 39-year-old Bill Wiley of Searsport, sexually assaulted a girl between the age of 12 and 13.He’s charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.The alleged victim told reportedly police that the incidents took place five years ago.Wiley posted bail at Waldo County jail Thursday night and was released. Wiley has worked for SAD 56 since 1991.

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Former Science Teacher Arrested

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A former teacher from Mount View Junior High School in Thorndike has been arrested on child pornography charges.State police arrested 41-year old Michael Douglas Thursday afternoon in Augusta.Douglas was a science teacher at Mount View as recently as last week.This week, police conducted interviews with teachers and students at the school.Police aren’t saying if the pornography was found on school property or at Douglas’ home.Douglas was released from the Kennebec County jail after posting a $1,000 bail Thursday night.

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Information from TV 5 Morning News Friday, April 17th

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For more information on the free prescription drug program Adrienne Bennett reported on, log onto www.caremark.com/nlcIf you’re an Augusta resident, you can pick up the card at one of three locations-City hall, the Lithgow library, or the Buker Center.++++++++++++++++++For more information on Shaken Baby Syndrome or about the Period of Purple Crying program, you can visit the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome’s website at www.dontshake.org++++++++++++++++++The Goodwill store Bridal Dress showcase starts at 9AM Saturday morning and goes until 1PM.It’s located on Western Avenue in Augusta.If you’re planning a wedding, professionals will be there to help, and there will be prizes and free refreshments too.+++++++++++++++++The Home Show will continue Friday from 1-9PM at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.Then on Saturday from 10AM to 9PM, and Sunday from 10AM until 5PM.

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Home Show Begins in Bangor

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If you’re looking for ideas for your home improvement projects, then you might want to head to the Bangor Auditorium this week-end. The 39th annual Bangor Home Show kicked off Thursday afternoon.It features 250 booths from all kinds of vendors, from builders to remodelers to people who sell pools. Plus, you’ll see other businesses that sell everything from jewelry to fresh bread.Some retailers are also taking the chance to raise money for charity. Craig Smith of Boulderz Poolz & Spaz is asking people to throw coins into a spa he has set up. All of that money will go to the Children’s Miracle Network. “The Children’s Miracle Network helps out kids in the hospital and we had a son that was in the hospital for a while so it’s just our way to give back.”The Bangor Home Show hours are:Friday: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PMSaturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PMSunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Augusta Prescriptions

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The most recent figures show Mainers spent more than $800 million dollars for prescription drugs in just one year.Thursday, Augusta’s mayor rolled out a new program that’s giving people a discount on their meds, for free.One in four Mainers under the age of 65 were without health insurance in 2007 and 2008 according to a report released last month.Louanne Manter is one of those people.She runs her own business in downtown Augusta, and was the first person to receive a prescription discount card from the city.”You don’t have to pay or be a member to get the card, you just have to be a resident of Augusta, and that’s pretty cool.” Augusta is the first place in Maine to take part in the program that will save customers on average about 20% per prescription.The card can be used on meds that are not covered by insurance.All major pharmacy chains are taking part, and if you’re wondering what the catch is, mayor Roger Katz says there isn’t one. “There is no catch. The city is paying nothing for this program. It doesn’t cost individuals anything at all.” If you have insurance already, Katz says it’s worth having a card just in case.”There are many prescription drugs not covered, so this card will still apply. Also, it’s going to apply to a lot of folks pets.” Yes, some pet prescriptions are covered too. Nearly 200 cities across the U.S. have signed up.”We launched this in November with four pilot cities.”CVS Caremark representative Brad Stone says pharmacies will be absorbing the costs in exchange for getting more people through their doors. “While people do purchase a prescription, they’re likely to purchase some over the counter products as well.” Monthly reports are sent to each participating city showing how many residents use the card and how much they saved.Manter says any savings these days.”Is a good thing.” If you’re an Augusta resident, you can pick up the card at one of three locations.City Hall, the Lithgow Library or the Buker Center.For more information on the program, log onto www.caremark.com/nlc.

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